Timeline of the Presidency of Barack Obama (2009)

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Barack Obama - 44th President of the United States



The following is a timeline of the Presidency of Barack Obama from his inauguration as President of the United States on January 20, 2009 to December 31, 2009. Visit the main page on Barack Obama's Presidency here...

January

Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States
Obama presents his first weekly address as President, discussing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Jan. 24, 2009.
  • January 20 - Minutes after the administration of the Oath of Office, Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, issues an order suspending last-minute federal regulations pushed through by outgoing President George W. Bush, planning to review everything still pending.[1] In one of his first official acts, President Obama issues a proclamation declaring January 20, 2009 a National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation. Obama enacts a pay freeze for Senior White House Staff making more than $100,000 per year and announces stricter guidelines regarding lobbyists in an effort to raise the ethical standards of the White House.[2]
  • January 21 - Obama revokes Executive Order 13233, which had been initiated by the Bush administration to limit access to the records of former presidents.[3] At 7:35 EST on January 21, Obama retakes the Presidential Oath of Office, again administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, before four print journalists.[4] Obama issues instructions to all agencies and departments in his administration to "adopt a presumption in favor" of Freedom of Information Act requests,[5] reversing earlier policy set by former Attorney General John Ashcroft.[6]
  • January 22 - President Obama signs an executive order announcing the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp within a year and signs a prohibition on using torture and other illegal coercive techniques, such as waterboarding, during interrogations and detentions,[7] requiring the Army field manual to be used as a guide. He issues an executive order entitled "Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel," governing the limitations on hiring of employees by the executive branch to qualified individuals only and placing very tight restrictions on lobbying in the White House.
  • January 23 - Obama ends the funding ban for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, also known as the "gag rule" or the Mexico City Policy.[8] He orders the first two Predator airstrikes of his presidency.[9]

(like those released during his transition period)[18][19] a policy compared to Franklin D. Roosevelt's fireside chats.[11]

  • January 26 - Obama signs his first two Presidential Memoranda concerning energy independence, directing the Department of Transportation to establish higher fuel efficiency standards before 2011 models are released and then allowing states to raise their emissions standards above the national standard.[12] That night he gives his first formal interview as president to Al Arabiya.[13]

February

Barack Obama visiting Fort Myers, February 10, 2009
Obama addresses a joint session of Congress, with Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Obama addresses the 111th United States Congress
  • February 3 - Obama nominates Senator Judd Gregg to be Secretary of Commerce, after Bill Richardson withdrew his nomination.[18] Tom Daschle withdraws his nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services,[19] and Nancy Killefer withdraws her nomination as Chief Performance Officer, both citing tax problems. Obama grants five television interviews accepting responsibility for the nomination mistakes and talks about the economic stimulus bill.[20]
  • February 4 - Obama announces that companies receiving large amounts of federal bailout money through the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) program must cap top executive pay at US $500,000.[21] Obama signs the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 reauthorizing and expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).[22] Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar cancels 77 leases sold by the previous administration to oil and gas companies, while letting 39 leases stand.[23]
  • February 6 - Obama announces the creation of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.[28] Obama also issues an executive order backing the use of union labor for large-scale federal construction projects. [29]
  • February 12 - Obama travels to Springfield, Illinois to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln and speaks at a Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration.[37] Judd Gregg, Obama's nominee for the office of Commerce Secretary withdraws his nomination for that office.[38]
  • February 13 - The First Family spends a weekend in their former home of Chicago, Illinois.[39]
  • February 21 - The Department of Justice rules that detainees at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan do not have the right to use U.S. courts to challenge their detention, upholding the Bush administration's position on the issue.[46]
  • February 23 - Attorney General Eric Holder, charged with overseeing the closure of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, visits the facility.[47] Dennis Ross is appointed as the Secretary of State's special adviser for the gulf and Southwest Asia.[48]
  • February 26 - Obama reveals his proposal for the 2010 United States federal budget.[52]
  • February 27 - Obama delivers a speech at Camp Lejeune on his plans for troop withdrawals from Iraq.[53] The Obama administration through the Department of Health and Human Services starts the process to repeal or modify a "midnight rule" conceived to protect health workers who refuse for conscience reasons to provide health care.[54]

March

Obama meets with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Gordon Brown.
Obama meets with Brazilian President Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva.
Obama answers questions in the first online town hall meeting.
  • March 4 - Obama issues a memorandum limiting the possibility to grant no-bid contracts to private businesses.[60]
  • March 9 - Obama overturns rules limiting federal money being used for human embryonic stem cell research.[63] The President also orders all executive officials to consult with the Attorney General before relying on any signing statement previously used to bypass a statute.[64] The Office of Management and Budget has given the Pentagon directives to delay procurement of aerial refueling tankers by five years and cancel plans for a new long-range bomber.
  • March 13 - The Department of Justice outlines a new legal standard for detaining the suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo. The "enemy combatant" definition is dropped and suspects shall be detained under international law.[73]
  • March 19 - Obama appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[76] Just before midnight, Obama releases a video message to the Iranian people and government to coincide with Nowruz.[77]
  • March 23 - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner unveils the government's plan to help investors purchase toxic assets from banks.[79]
  • March 24 - Obama holds his second prime time press conference in the East Room of the White House, to discuss economic hardships, as well as the government's intentions to solve the global economic crisis.[80] Also, the United States Senate confirms Gary Locke, former Governor of Washington, as United States Secretary of Commerce.[81]
  • March 26 - Obama holds an online town hall at the White House, a historic first in American Presidential conveyance.[84]

April

Obama meets Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad.
Obama with Calderon in Mexico City.
  • April 3 - Obama meets French President Nicolas Sarkozy[93] and holds a town hall meeting with French and German students.[94]
  • April 5 - Obama meets with Czech President Václav Klaus and Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek.[96] He gives a thoughtful speech on nuclear proliferation disarmament to a public crowd in Prague. Earlier the North Korean government had launched a long-range multi-stage rocket.[97]
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External Links

References

  1. Obama halts all regulations pending review MSNBC, Jan. 20, 2009
  2. Obama freezing pay of top staff; signs ethics rules USA Today, Jan. 21, 2009
  3. Executive Order -- Presidential Records The White House, Jan. 21, 2009
  4. Henry: Obama's first full day takes turn for the weird CNN Politics, Jan. 22, 2009
  5. New Obama Orders on Transparency, FOIA Requests The Washington Post, Jan. 21, 2009
  6. The Day Ashcroft Censored Freedom of Information CommonDreams.org, Jan. 7, 2002
  7. Obama Reverses Key Bush Security Policies The New York Times, Jan. 23, 2009
  8. Obama lifts restrictions on abortion funding Reuters, Jan. 23, 2009
  9. President orders air strikes on villages in tribal area The Guardian, Jan. 24, 2009
  10. In Effort to Build Support, Obama Details Stimulus Plan The New York Times, Jan. 24, 2009
  11. Melding Obama’s Web to a YouTube Presidency The New York Times, Jan. 25, 2009
  12. From peril to progress (Update 1: Full Remarks) The White House, Jan. 26, 2009
  13. Obama vows to listen to Muslims Financial Times, Jan. 27, 2009
  14. At Pentagon, Obama Expresses Gratitude, Listens to Concerns The Washington Post, Jan. 28, 2009
  15. Obama Signs Equal-Pay Legislation The New York Times, Jan. 29, 2009
  16. Biden to Lead Task Force on Issues of the Middle Class The Washington Post, Jan. 31, 2009
  17. Obama gets laughs at Alfalfa dinner CNN Politics, Feb. 1, 2009
  18. Obama Set to Add Republican to Cabinet The New York Times, Feb. 2, 2009
  19. BREAKING: Daschle withdraws CNN Politics, Feb. 3, 2009
  20. {NEWS ANALYSIS} {Obama moves to regain ground after {lsquo}self-induced injury' } Los Angeles Times, Feb. 4, 2009
  21. In Curbing Pay, Obama Seeks to Alter Corporate Culture The New York Times, Feb. 4, 2009
  22. Obama signs expansion of children's health insurance Los Angeles Times, Feb. 5, 2009
  23. Salazar cancels Bush-era energy leases in Utah Los Angeles Times, Feb. 5, 2009
  24. "This is my hope. This is my prayer." The White House Blog, Feb. 5, 2009
  25. The Action Americans Need The Washington Post, Feb. 5, 2009
  26. Obama takes first Air Force One ride CNN Politics, Feb. 5, 2009
  27. Obama overhauls faith-based agency CNN Politics, Feb. 5, 2009
  28. Obama Announces Economic Advisory Board The White House, Feb. 6, 2009
  29. USE OF PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS FOR FEDERAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS The White House, Feb. 6, 2009
  30. U.S. unveils changes to foreign policy Reuters, Feb. 7, 2009
  31. Obama family heads to Camp David CNN Politics, Feb. 6, 2009
  32. Obama plans Chicago getaway The Swamp, Feb. 6, 2009
  33. President Obama's week ahead: What you'll see and read Los Angeles Times, Feb. 8, 2009
  34. Obama pushes stimulus plan in Florida CNN Politics, Feb. 10, 2009
  35. Crist, Obama join to promote stimulus tampabay.com, Feb. 11, 2009
  36. Salazar Blasts Last-Minute Bush Move on Off-Shore Development The New York Times, Feb. 10, 2009
  37. REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT A LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION The White House, Feb. 12, 2009
  38. Gregg Withdraws as Commerce Nominee The Washington Post, Feb. 13, 2009
  39. Obama plans Chicago getaway The Swamp, Feb. 6, 2009
  40. Clinton Begins Official Travels With Visit To Asia NPR, Feb. 13, 2009
  41. Clinton Asian tour marks new regional focus Financial Times, Feb. 15, 2009
  42. Recovery.gov launched CNN Politics, Feb. 17, 2009
  43. Obama signs stimulus into law, housing moves next Reuters, Feb. 17, 2009
  44. Obama approves troop increase in Afghanistan The Guardian, Feb. 17, 2009
  45. Liveblog: The President in Canada The White House Blog, Feb. 19, 2009
  46. Obama Backs Bush on Afghanistan Detainees Voice of America, Feb. 21, 2009
  47. Holder To Visit Gitmo Next Monday CBS News, Feb. 18, 2009
  48. Negotiator Picked for Post at State Dept. The New York Times, Feb. 23, 2009
  49. Jindal Tapped For Republican Response To Obama CBS News, Feb. 11, 2009
  50. Obama Invites Embattled Aso as First Summit Guest (Update4) Bloomberg, Feb. 17, 2009
  51. Solis confirmed as Labor secretary Los Angeles Times, Feb. 25, 2009
  52. Obama budget reflects promises on health, prospect of more bank struggles USA Today, Feb. 26, 2009
  53. With Pledges to Troops and Iraqis, Obama Details Pullout The New York Times, Feb. 27, 2009
  54. Obama Moves to Undo Rule on Abortion Providers The New York Times, Feb. 27, 2009
  55. Secretary Clinton: Travel to the Middle East and Europe U.S. Department of State, March 8, 2009
  56. Clinton Pledges Aid To Palestinians NPR, March 2, 2009
  57. Obama taps DeParle as health czar Politico, March 2, 2009
  58. President Barack Obama commits to 'special relationship' with Britain Times Online, March 3, 2009
  59. Obama Restores Endangered Species Rule CBS News, March 3, 2009
  60. Obama to Change Contract Awarding The New York Times, March 4, 2009
  61. Dr. Gupta Withdraws Name for Surgeon General ABC News, March 5, 2009
  62. White House Names First Chief Information Officer The New York Times, March 5, 2009
  63. Obama Lifts Bush’s Strict Limits on Stem Cell Research The New York Times, March 9, 2009
  64. Obama Looks to Limit Impact of Tactic Bush Used to Sidestep New Laws The New York Times, March 9, 2009
  65. Obama Outlines Plan for Education Overhaul The New York Times, March 10, 2009
  66. Obama intelligence nominee withdraws Financial Times, March 10, 2009
  67. Stick it in your earmark Salon, March 12, 2009
  68. A Choice for Drug Czar The New York Times, March 11, 2009
  69. Obama Establishes White House Council on Women and Girls Voice of America, March 11, 2009
  70. Obama Nominates Ambassadors for Iraq, Afghanistan Voice of America, March 11, 2009
  71. Obama extends Iran sanctions France 24, March 13, 2009
  72. On Day 52, First Lady Michelle Obama's first solo out of town trip Chicago Sun-Times, March 13, 2009
  73. US drops 'enemy combatant' term BBC News, March 13, 2009
  74. Obama nominates Food and Drug chief CNN Politics, March 14, 2009
  75. Obama hails 'heroic' NI response BBC News, March 17, 2009
  76. Obama On Tonight Show With Jay Leno: FULL TRANSCRIPT, VIDEO The Huffington Post, March 20, 2009
  77. A New Year, A New Beginning The White House Blog, March 19, 2009
  78. Obama met Gorbachev in run-up to Medvedev talks Reuters, March 23, 2009
  79. Geithner's Toxic-Asset Plan: Wall Street Finally Cheers Time Business, March 23, 2009
  80. Obama defends his budget as essential to recovery CNN Politics, March 24, 2009
  81. Senate confirms Locke to Commerce CNN Politics, March 24, 2009
  82. Australian leader in US for talks BBC News, March 24, 2009
  83. Secretary Clinton: Travel to Mexico US Department of State, March 26, 2009
  84. Obama goes online for town hall meeting CNN Politics, March 26, 2009
  85. Obama Sounds Cautious Note as He Sets Out Afghan Plan The New York Times, March 27, 2009
  86. VP to head south of the border CNN Politics, March 13, 2009
  87. President Gives a Short Lifeline to Carmakers The New York Times, March 30, 2009
  88. Obama arrives in UK ahead of G20 BBC News, March 30, 2009
  89. Obama and Brown Urge United Action on World Economy The New York Times, April 1, 2009
  90. Promises of ‘Fresh Start’ for U.S.-Russia Relations The New York Times, April 1, 2009
  91. Obama urges quick action on Wall Street reform Reuters, Feb. 25, 2009
  92. With 2010 Census Looming, Obama Chooses Survey Expert to Run Bureau The Washington Post, April 3, 2009
  93. Sarkozy embraces Obama as ally Politico, April 3, 2009
  94. Obama offers tough love to Europe Politico, April 3, 2009
  95. Prague courts Obama for April visit EUobserver.com, Feb. 17, 2009
  96. Obama meets Czech leaders at Prague castle GMA News, April 5, 2009
  97. U.S. Offers to Cut Nuclear Arms The Wall Street Journal, April 6, 2009
  98. Obama to visit Turkey April 6-7 UPI, March 19, 2009